Information for current CSPs
Use of CSP Designation
Certification is for individuals only. The CSP designation may be used only after the name of the certified individual. In this form, it may be used on letterhead, business cards, brochures, advertisements, all forms of address, etc. The CSP designation may not be used to imply that a company is certified.
Annual Renewal Fee
CSPs are required to submit a $130 renewal fee as well as a continuing education credit report to SIMA each year to remain in good standing. Payments and credit reports will be due December 31
of each year for all CSPs (credit reporting begins in the year after the exam was passed).
The $130 annual renewal fee will be charged to reflect the cost of:
- Inclusion in the SIMA certification listing.
- Certification program maintenance and development.
- The cost of the current personal development and marketing program.
Continuing Education Credits
CSPs are also required to obtain continuing education credits to stay abreast of developments in the industry, general buisness practices, and professionalism.
- A total of 15 credits will be necessary in each calendar year or Certification will be revoked by the Certification Committee. If more credits are reported in a given year, they will not carry over into future years.
- All events managed directly by SIMA will be tracked automatically (Symposium, webinars, etc.). Events outside of SIMA must be reported using the Continuing Education Credit Form (download here). Credits can also be submitted online on SIMA's member portal when you are logged in to the website. Reminder emails regarding credits will be sent to each CSP in August and November of each year.
- CSPs can take courses online on SIMA’s Training Center at train.sima.org. Credit will be automatically granted for any completed course. Any self-study online training outside of SIMA’s offerings must have proof of attendance, including registration information and documentation of a quiz or other proof that the course was taken.
- In the event of a severe illness, disaster, or crisis, existing CSPs can request up to a 90 day extension to fulfill their yearly CEU credits, via a letter describing the need in general terms. Any such decisions will be approved by the volunteer decision-making body overseeing the CSP program at the time of request, and all requests will remain completely confidential. If upon the 90 day extension no credits are provided, the overseeing body will recommend a plan of action, which could include an additional extension (based on circumstances) or a revocation of CSP standing.
Ways to earn continuing education credits
- Attending the full annual Snow & Ice Symposium (Note: 1 day Symposium passes are worth 7 credits, and trade show only passes are worth 3 credits.) = 15 credits per year
- Volunteering on a SIMA committee or Board of Directors = 5 credits per year
- Mentoring new SIMA members via a formal mentoring program administered through the SIMA office = 5 credits per year
- Attending any Certification Committee approved trade show = 3 credits per event attended
- Speaking or putting on a formal educational session for organizations outside the current employer of the CSP in order to educate others about the industry = 2 credits per hour of instruction
- Speaking or putting on a formal education session for your current employer on safety, business, or other snow-related training in order to educate others about the industry = 2 credits per year
- Authoring and having published a snow industry-related article, white paper, or blog through an organization outside the current employer of the CSP = 2 credits per item published
- Attending any business or industry-related educational function conducted by a person or entity outside of the current employer of CSP. Education must be focused on topics/elements that can be applied to snow and ice management (general business, leadership, sales, technology, snow operations, etc.). Education related to other industries specifically (i.e. Landscape Design Build 101) do not apply if they are specific to a function not related to the operations, management, or leadership of a snow organization. (Note: programs such as purchased DVDs, books, etc., that are not part of an overall training program or course will not currently be accepted for credit) = 1 credit per hour of instruction
- Participation in training via a professional consultant/coach outside of the current employer of CSP. Consulting/coaching must be focused on topics that can be applied to snow and ice management (general business, leadership, sales, technology, snow operations, etc.). Consulting/coaching related to other industries specifically (i.e. Landscape Design Build 101) do not apply if they are specific to a function not related to the operations, management, or leadership of a snow organization = Up to 10 credits per year (1 credit per hour of training)
- Volunteering at the annual Snow & Ice Symposium = 1 credit per year
Code of Ethics
In keeping with the purpose of this Certification process, the Certification Committee has determined that all Certified Snow Professionals must adhere to a higher standard of ethics than most within the industry. To this end, all applications shall be required to agree, in writing, to adhere to these high standards or ethics when dealing with customers, employees, sub-contractors, vendors, suppliers, and competitors. Failure to adhere to these standards, or conduct in a manner inconsistent with the high standards and goals of the Certification purpose may result with the Certification Committee revoking the Certification title of the offending individual. All applicants shall be advised of this action prior to acceptance of the application for testing.